Introduction to Cumberland, Rhode Island

Cumberland, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 7 miles N of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 32 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the surrounding Providence - Fall River - Warwick metro area, and is home to some 31,840 residents.

Cumberland History

Cumberland was originally part of Rehoboth, a town in Massachusetts which was purchased by the Plymouth Colony from local Native Americans. The area was later ceded to Rhode Island. William Blackstone was the town's first European settler. Cumberland, which was incorporated in 1746, is home to many National Registered Historic Places including the Ashton Historic District, Luke Jillson House, Tower-Flagg Barn Complex, and Berkeley Mill Village.

Cumberland and Nearby Attractions

  • Valley Falls Heritage Park
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Fall River Carousel
  • Lincoln Woods State Park

Things To Do In Cumberland

While in Cumberland, leisure time may be spent at George Washington Memorial Park, Berkeley Mill Village Historic District, Arnold Mills Historic District, and Valley Falls Heritage Park which are situated nearby. Several parks in the area are Freetown Fall River State Forest, Quaddick State Park, and Ashland State Park. Activities such as hiking and picnicking may be enjoyed at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation. Some of the other popular attractions near Cumberland are Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, and the New England Aquarium.

Cumberland Transportation

Flights are available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

Cumberland Higher Education

Providence College, Bryant College, and Rhode Island College are some of the colleges near Cumberland.


Total Population 33,930
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 17,865
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 55.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 37.2%
Median Earnings25+ $44,841
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,107
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,640


Median Family Income $89,092
% Above Poverty Level 94.4%
% Below Poverty Level 5.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%


People Living Alone 27.5%
Median Gross Rent $901
Median House Value $253,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12%
US/American 0.5%
English 13.1%
Irish 22.5%

Cumberland Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles N of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02864
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.977
Longitude -71.433

Cumberland Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station WALPOLE 2
Distance 16.1 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 36 F
Apr Temp 37 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46.5 inches
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Central Falls 19,406 $32,001
Lincoln 21,300 $87,137
North Smithfield 12,106 $94,969
Pawtucket 71,313 $49,131
Smithfield 21,478 $86,485
Woonsocket 41,136 $45,277

Cumberland Public Libraries

Cumberland Public Library
Cumberland, Rhode Island
(401) 333-2552
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Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

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